Think of this as the British Museum or the Smithsonian of Balinese culture. It's all here, but unlike those world-class institutions, you have to work at sorting it out This museum was originally established in 1910 by a Dutch resident who was concerned by the export of culturally significant artefacts from the island.
On the slopes of Gunung Batukau, Pura Luhur Batukau was the state temple when Tabanan was an independent kingdom. It has a seven-roofed meru dedicated to Maha Dewa, the mountain's guardian spirit, as well as shrines for Bratan, Buyan and Tamblingan lakes.
This excellent waterfront development offers everything you need for a night out and more, including above-par restaurants, hot nightclubs, and a dozen fun but easy-to-miss cafes (at the rear, facing the sea). Make this your first stop.
Tanjung Puting National Park is the world's best place to see orangutans in their natural habitat and is a stellar family vacation destination. Unlike most other outdoor adventures, physical exertions required to enjoy jungle wildlife here are suitable for anyone age four to 84. Visiting Tanjung Puting starts with registration at Pangkalan Bun police station.
The huge Prambanan complex was erected in the middle of the 9th century – around 50 years later than Borobudur – but little is known about its early history.
Dominating the northern end of the park is the 3805m Gunung Kerinci, one of Sumatra’s most active volcanoes (it last erupted in 2009) and Indonesia’s highest non-Papuan peak.
Between the walls of traditional family compounds in the village of Marga, there are some beautifully shaded roads – but this town wasn’t always so peaceful. On 20 November 1946 a force of 96 independence fighters were surrounded by a much larger and better-armed Dutch force, fighting to regain Bali as a colony after the departure of the Japanese.
At 2094m, Gunung Sibayak is probably the most accessible of Indonesia's volcanoes. A guide is only essential if taking the route through the jungle, but if you're trekking alone it may be a good idea. Rates for guides are 150,000Rp for the easy way along the road and 250,000Rp through the jungle.
The Pangandaran National Park, which takes up the entire southern end of Pangandaran, is a wild expanse of dense forest. Within its boundaries live porcupines, kijang (barking deer), hornbills, monitor lizards and monkeys (including Javan gibbons). Small bays within the park enclose pretty tree-fringed beaches.
Just east of Merdeka Sq, Lapangan Banteng has some of Jakarta’s best colonial architecture The Catholic cathedral has twin spires and was built in 1901 to replace an earlier church. Facing the cathedral is Jakarta’s principal place of Muslim worship, the striking, modernist Mesjid Istiqlal , which was completed in 1978 to a design by Catholic architect Frederich Silaban.